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Calaveras Dome 11 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 12
Deer Bridge Dome 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Hammer Dome 5 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Hidden Dome 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Elevation: 4,060 ft
GPS: 38.494, -120.217 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Calaveras Dome and surrounding areas are near Salt Springs Reservoir, on the Mokelumne River, to the southwest of Lake Tahoe.

This area offers excellent multi-pitch free climbs and a few grade V big-wall routes.

Getting There

The fastest way to get there is via Ellis Road (Panther Road is significantly longer, and more dirt road). The road is mostly paved (though lots of potholes). There is one section where the road washed out, but it has been well repaired and is passable by any car type. The signage for the turnoff for Ellis Road off of 88 is not super-obvious (especially if you are heading west on 88)-- you are in the right place if you see bathrooms right by the turnout.

Read or post at the Ellis road to Calaveras dome current conditions forum.​​​

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Classic Climbing Routes at Calaveras Domes

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 23
Wings and Stings
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
Gemini Cracks
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Old Smokey
Trad 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
Sands of Time
Trad 11 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Sea of Holes
Trad 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Smoke Screen
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Schizophrenic Dike
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 51
Wall of the Worlds
Trad 9 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Squeaks of Gold
Trad, Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 22
Silk Road (High Times)
Trad 14 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Wings and Stings Hammer Dome
 23
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Gemini Cracks Hammer Dome
 33
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Old Smokey Calaveras Dome
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 7 pitches
Sands of Time Calaveras Dome
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 11 pitches
Sea of Holes Hammer Dome
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
Smoke Screen Hammer Dome
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Schizophrenic Dike Calaveras Dome
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Wall of the Worlds Calaveras Dome
 51
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad 9 pitches
Squeaks of Gold Hammer Dome
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Silk Road (High Times) Calaveras Dome
 22
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad 14 pitches
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Bryan G
Yosemite
Bryan G   Yosemite
Clint Cummins's website offers a great resource for this area.

stanford.edu/~clint/caldome… Oct 25, 2011
mpech  
Amazing area with superb rock climbing and almost no rock climbers. Most of the traffic in the area seems to be people BBQ'ing/hanging out in the river/etc...

To get there:
the fastest way to get there is via Ellis Road (panther road is significantly longer, and more dirt road). The road is mostly paved (though lots of potholes). There is one section where the road washed out, but it has been well repaired and is passable by any car type. The signage for the turnoff for Ellis road off of 88 is not super-obvious (especially if you are heading west on 88)-- you are in the right place if you see bathrooms right by the turnout. Jun 15, 2014
Bobby Hutton
Gold Country CA
Bobby Hutton   Gold Country CA
Calaveras Domes is accessible via Bear River Reservoir. Drive over the dam and continue up the paved road until spur 19 takes off to the right. If you hit gravel you have gone to far. Follow spur 19 (paved) until it Ts into Salt Springs Reservoir Rd, Go left. Jul 16, 2017
Road Condition Report: According to a sign on the gate, Panther Rd is closed from Sept 22 2017 until Sept 22 2018 due to "public safety". To our surprise, Ellis Rd was open on Dec 25th, 2017 and the climbing conditions on Hammer Dome and Rainy Day Rock/Stairs Cliff were excellent. Ellis Rd was in great condition and snow free. Dec 27, 2017
Bobby Hutton
Gold Country CA
Bobby Hutton   Gold Country CA
I have looked for a guidebook and not found anything that is any better than what is on Mountain Project. Poor beta has always been part of my Calaveras Dome experiences. Jan 5, 2018
Mike Arechiga
Oakhurst
Mike Arechiga   Oakhurst
Mike A. has a new 2018 Cal Dome climbers guide book on Flash Drive Publisher, contact Mike A. for info on new book. Apr 18, 2018

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